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What is GSOC?

Advice and Service you can trust The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission was set up in 2007 to provide efficient, fair and independent oversight of policing in Ireland.

Its vision is to be a driver of ever-improving police accountability.

Its principal role is to deal with complaints about the conduct of members of the Garda Síochána.

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Latest news

Chair of GSOC Justice Mary Ellen Ring today opened the 18th Annual Conference of the ACJRD, at The Spencer Hotel in Dublin. The subject of the conference was dealing with victims of crime - Full article

The Minister for Justice announced, on 30 June, the nomination of Judge Mary Ellen Ring as Chairperson of GSOC. She was appointed as a Judge of the High Court by the President on 9 July. Her appointment as Chair was passed by resolutions in Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann on 16 July. She has now received her seal of office from the President and will commence as Chair of GSOC on 21 September.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring is appointed to the High Court by President Michael D. Higgins

Significant increase in investigations undertaken by Garda Ombudsman last year -
Annual Report 2014 published

The Minister for Justice announced on 12 June that Justice Frank Clarke will conduct an independent inquiry of a recent GSOC investigation into a fatal RTI. This is allowed for by s.109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.
GSOC's first statement re the above matter.
GSOC's second statement re the matter.

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How to make a complaint

If you are directly affected by what you believe is misbehaviour of a member of the Garda Síochána, you can complain to the Garda Ombudsman.

Find out more about the process.

Go directly to the Online Complaint Form OR download a Paper Complaint Form (PDF).

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Recent Publications

Read the report on the public interest investigation undertaken into matters raised by the Commission of Investigation Report into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne.

Examination of Garda Síochána practice, policy and procedure in relation to remand in custody - S106 report

Annual Report 2014

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2014

Read the report on the most recent public interest investigation undertaken by GSOC, into an incident on Henry St., Dublin in March 2015.

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